Ipswich Portobello Inn
previously known as Porto Bello
closed September 28th, 1907
39 Upper Orwell St
grid reference TM 167 444
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last updated 07/06/2015
The building has suffered some re-modelling since it was an inn; the upper floor used to have a substantial over-hang.
Shown here on an 1881 map of Ipswich.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
Probably named after capture of Porto Bello by Admiral Vernon in 1739. Later the Admiral was MP for Ipswich from 1741-60. The admiral lived in Orwell Park and was popular locally but will also be long remembered for watering down Navy Rum, for which he was also known as "old grog".